Beware the Montreal Squirrels!

Evil personified

Another dispatch from my former home city of Montreal: This one has to do with the city’s squirrels, which are apparently harassing park visitors.

News reports tell of squirrels stalking people and even leaping into baby strollers and snatching food from toddlers’ hands! Of course, this is the season when squirrels, which do not have the luxury of hibernation, must fatten up in preparation for Montreal’s brutal winter. In places where people feed them, they rely largely on handouts, as well as whatever they can get from the trash bins.

Some municipalities such as Westmount have passed laws prohibiting the feeding of all wildlife. One man was fined more than $400 for feeding a squirrel in one of the city’s parks!

Just waiting to strike!

Deep down in our hearts, we all know that feeding squirrels only makes them dependent on us for handouts, and that the more humans feed them, the bolder they become. Needless to say, I remained a mere observer on my recent visit. Those fines were enough to deter me!


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Writer for a daily newspaper, gardener, tree hugger, orchid-grower, photographer, animal lover, hiker, wilderness seeker. Proponent of clover in the lawn and a dog on the bed.
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8 Responses to Beware the Montreal Squirrels!

  1. HerbDoc says:

    Those red eyes are eerie…hope it was just the camera! At one time the squirrels drove me crazy; they were at the bird feeder constantly. Then several years ago I found the Yankee Flipper put out by Droll. If you haven’t seen one in action, you’ve missed a hilarious show. The ring where the birds perch to feed is very sensitive to weight so when something as heavy as a squirrel puts his paws on it, the ring starts to spin and literally flips the animal into the yard. After several attempts, they stay in the yard and as far from the feeder as they can get!


  2. Rosie says:

    Nothings as bold as the squirrels at the Grand Canyon!! Each morning I would sit on the rim to enjoy an early breakfast; coffee, banana and a muffin. Have you ever tried to hold all 3 and shoo off sneaky persistent ground squirrels???? There are warnings posted everywhere to watch out for them. even the shop keepers tell folks to beware. But at home, I feed them corn cobs and add whole corn to bird feed to keep them happy. Eye candy for the kitties!!


  3. HerbDoc says:

    Can’t be any worse than the seagulls down near the restaurants in Galilee trying to help themselves to one’s outdoor lunch!


  4. Wendy says:

    ooh, that guy does look scary! 🙂


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